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Published
Hodder & Stoughton, March 2019
ISBN
9781473669840
Format
Softcover, 352 pages
Dimensions
23.1cm × 15.4cm × 2.6cm

The Intelligence Trap Why Smart People Make Stupid Mistakesand How to Make Wiser Decisions

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'As a rule, I have found that the greater brain a man has, and the better he is educated, the easier it has been to mystify him,' Houdini to Arthur Conan Doyle

Smart people are not only just as prone to making mistakes as everyone else-they may be even more susceptible to them. This is the "intelligence trap," the subject of David Robson's fascinating and provocative debut.

Packed with cutting-edge research, historical case studies, entertaining stories, and practical advice, THE INTELLIGENCE TRAP explores the flaws in our understanding of intelligence and expertise, and reveals the ways that even the brightest minds and talented organizations can backfire - from some of Thomas Edison's worst ideas to failures at NASA, Nokia, and the FBI. With a knack for explaining complex ideas and featuring timeless lessons from Socrates to Benjamin Franklin to Richard Feynman and the latest behavioral science, Robson shows how to build a cognitive toolkit to avoid mistakes and protect ourselves from misinformation and fake news.

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